***COVID-19: Information***



It is with great sadness that due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close the Minories building for the remainder of the lease term. Colchester Institute will continue to care for the building and the beautiful gardens whilst supporting the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation to identify a new tenant to take forward one of Colchester’s most loved and long standing institutions.

The College would like to thank all of our supporters including the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, the Friends of the Minories, Wilkin and Sons, Colchester Art Society and many other stakeholders who have contributed to the site over the past 12 years.

A message from Max

I know this is heart-breaking news for everyone. I have been personally contacting exhibitors and over the coming weeks in June we will be contacting all of our shop artists to confirm what we have, arrange any outstanding payments and to organise collection.

Please be assured the Minories is still here under the Victor Batte Laye Trust and we will continue to maintain and service the building and keep it safe and secure until the next person takes over.

Yours Max

Links

Victor Batte-Lay Foundation
www.vblfcollection.org.uk

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation is the trust that owns the Minories Building.

Colchester Art Society
www.colchesterartsociety.co.uk
Friends of the Minories
www.thefriendsoftheminories.org.uk
Colchester in Bloom
ColchesterInBloom
Firstsite
firstsite.uk
SPACE Colchester, 37 Queen Street
spacestudios.org.uk/studios/space-colchester-37-queen-street/
Curzon Cinema
www.curzoncinemas.com/colchester/info
Level Best Art Café
www.dacontrust.co.uk/art-cafe
Colchester Visitor Information
www.visitcolchester.com/plan-your-visit/
Colchester Amphora
creativecolchester.org.uk
Red Lion Books
www.redlionbooks.co.uk
Colchester Makerspace
www.makercampus.co.uk
Colchester Arts Centre
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Headgate Theatre
headgatetheatre.co.uk
Mercury Theatre
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk